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"The fault dear Brutus is not in the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings." is a famous line from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, (Act 1, Scene 2) wherein Cassius is attempting to persuade Brutus to take action against the tyrannical Caesar and join the rest of the senate in opposing Caesar even if it must be by murder. Cassius explains here that we do not have to accept fate (the stars) as it is, but rather that we ourselves must act to correct what fate has given us.  Mr. Green’s title, The Fault in Our Stars, outwardly implies that in the some situations the problem can lie within our “stars” and that little can be done to correct the situation we are forced to live with.  Whereas Brutus has the ability to become master of his fate and correct the situation, Hazel unfortunately must accept the condition fate has given her and can only make the best of the situation.  The plot therefore being laid in the title, we as readers will follow the story of Hazel and see how she lives with and handles the difficult situation which she has been dealt.

The Book

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. -(From Puffin.co.uk)  Purchase this book on Book Depository. 

About the author: John Green is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author whose many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers, one of the most popular online video projects in the world. You can join John's 1.2 million followers on Twitter or visit him online on his website and Tumblr. John lives with his wife and son in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Comprehension Questions

This booklet is designed for intermediate (and higher) English students to help improve the level of English while reading the book and to obtain a deeper understanding of the novel through active and targeted reading.

Download this question booklet in PDF

The page numbers in this question guide refer to the U.K. paperback version
ISBN: 978-0-141-34565-9

 

Activities

Vocabulary Activities:

  • Quizlet - Different vocabulary exercises based on the vocabulary from The Fault in our Stars.

Listening Activities:

  •  Cancer Treatment - What are the forms of cancer and what cancers are common in your area?

Grammar Activities:

Upper Level Vocabulary

Exercises with vocabulary from the book.  Choose your type of game in the lower right hand corner.

Troye Sivan's musical dedication to the book.

Mr. Sivan was so moved after reading the book that he wrote and performed this song and will further donate all proceeds to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. You can help too by purchasing this song on Amazon.fr or BandCamp

You can practice your English with the official video on Lyrics Training.  Click here.

The Film

The movie is set to be released June of 2014.  Here is the official trailer that may inspire you to read the book.  More information about the film.

 

Design Your Own Fault in Our Stars Notebook

Here's a fun notebook project you can do at home!

Bookmarks

Free bookmarks for your "Fault in Our Stars" book. Download the PDF, print double-sided with a color printer on thick card-stock or photo paper.  Then just cut them out and put them in your book!

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Download in PDF, print with a color printer double sided on thick card-stock or photo paper.  Then just cut them out and put them in your book!  - See more at: http://www.englishcaddy.org/wallflower.htm#929588833
Download in PDF, print with a color printer double sided on thick card-stock or photo paper.  Then just cut them out and put them in your book!  - See more at: http://www.englishcaddy.org/wallflower.htm#929588833

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